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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

View Poll Results: Which mode of SS do you spend more time in?
Fixed 70 66.04%
Free 19 17.92%
50/50 5 4.72%
I ride a geared bike 12 11.32%
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Old 08-16-08, 03:42 PM   #1
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Which do you spend more time in?

Which mode does your SS spend the most time in? Fixed, Free, or 50/50?
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Old 08-16-08, 03:47 PM   #2
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Have ridden fixed exclusively for 2 years.
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Old 08-16-08, 04:29 PM   #3
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I don't think i'm ever turning my bike back into a singlespeed. I really don't see any reason. I live in a pretty flat area though.
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Old 08-16-08, 04:39 PM   #4
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i made a thread about something similar awhile ago. my findings:

- most people who ride fixed only ride fixed*
- most people who say they ride both only ride free, but insinuate that they ride both-- which is odd, as they usually have a cog on their fixed side.

* on their single speed bike; obviously, many of us have geared bikes as well.
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Old 08-16-08, 05:36 PM   #5
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i made a thread about something similar awhile ago. my findings:

- most people who ride fixed only ride fixed*
- most people who say they ride both only ride free, but insinuate that they ride both-- which is odd, as they usually have a cog on their fixed side.

* on their single speed bike; obviously, many of us have geared bikes as well.
Thanks! I was curious of the Fixed/Free distribution here. So far, it seems that most people (albeit from a sample size of 13) in the forum ride fixed.
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Old 08-16-08, 06:47 PM   #6
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I have been riding single for a bit but going back to fixed. I have a flip flop hub but see no reason to keep single and fixed, seems kind of odd. I will be fixed maybe forever now.
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Old 08-16-08, 07:03 PM   #7
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Old 08-16-08, 07:04 PM   #8
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Fixed. No real desire to go SS yet
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I've been mostly riding a coaster brake for the past 6 months. Before I got that wheel, I preferred singlespeed but I rode fixed for a 1000 miles or so to see if it was for me. I never noticed any extra sort of "zen" outside of the normal feelings from riding any bike. I think I'll be trying fixed gear for another couple months though coming up.
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Old 08-16-08, 07:41 PM   #10
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my hub can only do free so that's what i've been doing
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I've been riding my geared bike lately because I've been doing more long rides, but for around town (where it is relatively flat) it is always fixed.
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Old 08-16-08, 08:06 PM   #12
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Fixed only, removed the freewheel from the other side of the hub. I'll ride free when I get a new bike.
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Old 08-16-08, 09:32 PM   #13
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I don't really see the point in riding ss. If i want to coast I'll just ride my road bike instead of the fixed gear.
I wish fixed/fixed hubs were more common.
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I wish fixed/fixed hubs were more common.
agreed.
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agreed.
FWIW most generic Weinmann/Formula builds are now fixed/fixed.
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Fixed. No real desire to go SS yet
+1. Have a flip flop, but haven't purchased a freewheel and don't intend to anytime soon.
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My view on singlespeed is that if you want a bike that coasts, you may as well have gears.
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I agree and to answer the OP's question...what I ride changes with the season. Just built up a cross bike so I've been on that a lot but I'm commuting mostly fixed.
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I don't really see the point in riding ss..
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50/50 for me. I have fixed rides and one dedicated SS road bike. Depending on the ride and terrain, if it's a big weekend type ride, I will chose the appropriate mode.
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Freewheel on a fix/fix hub for me!
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When I first picked up my Capo the lady at the bike shop had forgot to order my fixed gear. I rode it the first week on SS. I found myself trying to reach down and shift a gear that week. I switched to the fixed when it came in and have never went back. I removed the freewheel from the bike. It was just dead weight.

If I want a freewheel I ride one of my multi geared bikes
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Fixed only.
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